Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fall Arboretum

Our family absolutely loves going to the arboretum near our home. We have been going there for years and it's even where Phil and I got engaged, so it holds a special place in our hearts. We have also started a tradition of going there for birthday pictures every year with the kids. It is fun to see them in the same places and how much they've grown from the year before. As I've mentioned, I LOVE fall, so I couldn't wait to get there to see it in full color. We couldn't resist taking pictures with this gorgeous maple in the background. The kids mostly just love the wide open space so they can run. It is just a beautiful and serene place, we love it!






















Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Oh Finally

Our little niece, Reagan, is finally here (and she is just gorgeous!). After a VERY long and difficult labor finished off by a c-section, we have a very tired family. We are just so thankful right now that she is here safely. I'm sure I will post pics eventually, but for now I think I'm just going to fall over from pure exhaustion. Please pray for Rachel's recovery and for them as they adjust to their new role as parents. Thank you!

Friday, October 12, 2007

a little fall deliciousness

I just made some delightful oatmeal cookies if I may say so myself. I used the recipe on the lid of Quaker's Old-fashioned Oats but instead of making the full batch (because it yields 4 dozen...it's called portion control people!) I just cut all of the ingredients in half. Also, to make it a little lighter I used a bit less sugar and a light butter substitute instead of the real thing. In addition to the cinnamon and raisins that go in as extras, I added a little bit of nutmeg, cranberries, and walnuts. You can also put in some chopped apples. I guess you could also give it that flavor with some applesauce, too. Alas, I was out of both. But let me tell you, they are soooo tasty! And you don't have to feel too guilty letting your kids have a cookie. I really like them and because they are kind of like a little trail mix cookie, they fill you up and leave you more satisfied so you aren't tempted to eat too many. The kids (and Phil) are going to be so excited when they wake up from their naps and find these waiting. Yum!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

the wait is on

We have some new information regarding our adoption. We recently had it confirmed from our agency that we will have to wait at least five months to send in our application. Ethiopia is getting ready to make it a requirement for your youngest child at home to be at least 18 months, so our agency is going ahead and making sure all entering families come under that. We then know that we will have at least six months to complete the "paper pregnancy" because we cannot submit our dossier to the Ethiopian government until Maya is 2 years old. So that means sometime around August-September of 2008. I have to say I was disappointed with this new development because I would send in our application tomorrow if I could. But, there is also a peace that comes because I know that God has the perfect timeline for this journey. We know we are doing what we're supposed to be doing, and we completely trust that He has everything in order. This definitely requires me to give up my need to want to control everything. But as I've said before, I will do whatever it takes to bring our child home, and if that means a lot of waiting...then I will do a lot of waiting. And I don't want that to sound like a downer, because I want to wait with joy. So I guess that's what I ask. For anyone who reads please pray that we can have joy in the wait. The wait to sell our house, the wait to see where we will move, the wait to start the adoption process. I want to enjoy it all. Enjoy our love and our children, enjoy the last days in this home where we have so many sweet memories, and enjoy praying for that baby who is yet to be born but is already a treasured and loved part of our family.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Fall Please!!!

We went to the pumpkin farm this past weekend and the kids loved it. They had a great time picking out our pumpkins and apples. It was just some good ole' family fun. Even though the cool Autumn temperatures elude us here in Ohio, I still must press on with my love of all things Fall. Although, had I planned ahead of time for picture-taking that day, I certainly would have put them in more Fall-ish outfits that coordinated a little more. Oh well, their cuteness makes up for my craziness. And, after my sister, Brandy, and friend Kate posted cute Fall kid pictures, I thought I'd join in the fun. Uploading pictures with dial-up internet takes fo-eva', but I think it's worth it!



almost as big as her!














playing the "drums"

















hauling our Great Pump-kins